January 9th, 2016 | Ian Carnaby's Sports News

West Brom v Stoke had the look of a banker draw about it last week so it was very disappointing when the home side scrambled in a winner deep into stoppage time. As I am always pointing out, there is no point in bemoaning things of this nature because they tend to even themselves out over the years but it was painful at the time.

I was also disappointed with Sheffield United at home to Peterborough. They simply aren’t reliable and all the good work of recent weeks was balanced up by the 3-2 loss. They will have their work cut out to make the play-offs and I fear Walsall’s truly remarkable run is also at an end.

I tend to keep bets to a minimum in the FA Cup because one can never be quite sure how committed those teams with a bigger prize or a pressing worry on their minds will perform. On the other hand, games tend to be pretty open and the feeling is that you give it a go, entertain the crowd and if it doesn’t quite go your way, well, it’s soon forgotten.

I went to the Southampton v Crystal Palace game last year and they meet again one round earlier. The Saints are in urgent need of a boost and I think they may win this, especially as the Eagles are short of strikers at present. I considered Both Teams To Score, a bet I’ve moved away from in the league, but I think better bets in that regard are Tottenham v Leicester, which will surely be fast and furious, Norwich v Manchester City, ditto, and possibly West Ham v Wolves, who may go under but play a typically direct game and may well nick a goal or two.

If there is to be a major surprise, I think EASTLEIGH can give struggling Bolton plenty to think about on their own pitch. They are a very handy outfit, still have a good chance of making League Two next term and may well give their famous old rivals a torrid time.

Both Teams To Score

West Ham v Wolves

Tottenham v Leicester

Norwich v Manchester City

3 x 20 unit doubles, 1 x 30 unit treble

SOUTHAMPTON 20 units at 11/8 to beat C Palace

EASTLEIGH 10 units at 8/1 to beat Bolton